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Issue No.

69—December 2010 PO Box 2008, Hazeldene 3658

Just over 15 months ago the Flowerdale Community House was

approached by Regional Arts Victoria (RAV) to see whether any local
artists were interested in trying for selection for a project called
Illuminated by Fire.

Not long after this, local artist, Sharon Collins had an idea to cast the
hand of every Flowerdale resident in clear glass resin. One
suggestion plus one idea equals one fantastic project – and
Enlightened Spirits was born.

Because the Flowerdale Tree logo had become a symbol of everything wonderful about
our community, and had been immortalized on the skin of more than 80 people, the Tree
became an integral part of the Enlightened Spirits project.

After submitting a proposal, along with 35 other applicants Sharon Collins’ proposal was accepted as one of the eleven
projects to be included in the Illuminated by Fire display. Apart from the criteria of ―astonishing art‖, the project was
also enhanced by the amount of community involvement in it. More than 280 Flowerdale residents, their families and
their friends have had their hands cast for this Artistic Installation.

Last Saturday, at the Flowerdale Recreation Reserve, Enlightened Spirits was launched with around 200 people
attending. After a delicious dinner, fantastic performances from Rita and her friends in

not have been completed to such a brilliant standard without the tireless efforts of Tony
Turner and Vicky Miller and Dave Thompson.

It was wonderful to be able to welcome visitors from RAV who have been such
enthusiastic supporters of Sharon’s project, including Artistic Driector Donna Jackson,
RAV Director Lindy Allen, Illuminated by Fire project Cordinator Joseph Toohey and his
partner, Tahlia, Documentary Film Maker Malcom, and RADO Marilyn Gourley.

Equally privileged were we to have Olivia Brumen from Vic Market Tattoos and her lovely
mum, Jill visit for the evening. Olivia is much loved by the 80+ Flowerdalians who have Inside this issue:
had our Tree Logo inscribed on to their bodies, because for these past 18 months, Olivia
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has given up her only day off each week to tattoo people of Flowerdale free of charge. Flowerdale Primary 9
Flowerdale Jnr & Snr 11
Sharon’s Enlightened Spirits Art Installation is due to be moved to Federation Square next
CFA & Playgroup 12
June to be displayed with the other 10 Illuminated By Fire projects. If funding can be
Flowerdale Kinder 13
sourced, it may not be too late for Flowerdalians who have not done so, to have their
Flowerdale Hall 14
hands cast and added to the Federation Square Display.
Kinglake Scout Group 15

As always an amazing team put this day Flowerdale Xmas
Flowerdale Trust Fund 21
together – there are too many people to
name – but it was the Flowerdale Murrindindi Shire 24

Community coming together with such Local Tradies 32

spirit that made the evening one to Flowerdale Community 33
remember. Congratulations Sharon – a House

brilliant launch. Contact Phones No.‘s 26

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Parrot Rd, and the Main Road as far as Minto Rd. Also the Hazeldene Store, Flowerdale Hotel, Strath Creek Store and Glenburn Roadhouse.
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HOOF OVER HILLS Flowerdale Victoria 2003—2010


2010 Report
After two weeks of rela- back through bushland Friday Riders Night was
tively dry weather and and hilltops overlooking lots of fun, showcasing
sunshine, the rain came the Valley Of A Thousand great local music and giv-
and winter returned — just Hills, riders were sup- ing our visitors and volun-
in time to offer the Hoof ported by Trail Boss Alan teers time to catch up with
Over Hills Organizers and Schulz and his Crew of each other and relax into
Volunteers their greatest fully qualified Ride Lead- the weekend.
ever challenge. ers, Stewards, Paramed-
ics and Drag Riders. The Saturday Community
Yet the endless rain, the large friendly 4WD Back Night featured a gorgeous
sleet, the snow, the thick Up Crew provided hot tea roast beef meal in our
mud, the paddocks which and coffee, cool drinks, large marquee, fire drums,
had turned into lakes and freshly made sandwiches, raffle, auction and mud—
rivers, did little to quell the
fruit and home made lots of mud. Excellent
excitement of Hoof Over cakes, slices and quiches entertainment by the
Hills. The only mention of and a BBQ lunch for more F l o we r d a l e Primary
the weather was the awe than 250 people on the School Singing Group, our
expressed when our trail. local poets Jordan and
guests woke, on Saturday Dylan Mason and Pete
morning, to snow capped For campers there were Auty, later followed by
hills and trees. warming fire drums, local Ruckus, ensured a great
sights and places to ex- night for everyone.
And later, one thin ray of plore, on site BBQ and
sunlight dared to defy the horse and cart rides. The
dark clouds, and the Shed wall was turned into
breathtaking miracle of a a beautiful mosaic of
single rainbow spanned ―Thank You Signs‖ and
the Hoof Over Hills prop- photos from previous
erty. Even when the chal- years, with visitors able to
lenges seem impossible, take any pictures they
the rewards are rich. wanted at the end of the
While numbers were down
on previous years, 220 Cooked bacon and egg
registered horse riders breakfasts with warm
From Top: The entire Grant and almost 100 campers bread rolls, cereal, fresh
family battle the rain & mud to
support mum, Chrissy. Ride embraced the sense of fruit salad, organic orange
Leader Terry Dean & Henry adventure and welcoming juice and tea and coffee
Kielbaska enjoy a hearty lunch
on the trail. Bar Girls Anna Kir- hospitality of Hoof Over ensured everyone was
ran and Kim happily enjoy a rare Hills. Treated to spec- fuelled for the exciting
break on the trail. FPS student
Bonnie braves the mud. Local, tacular views from horse days of Hoof Over Hills.
Ronnie Goudge is a Ride Leader
& great supporter of Hoof Over
Hills. Our first WELCOME sign

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Flowerdale Primary School

Where Every Day Is Open Day

Grade Prep/1: Jipsie, Shawnee, Summer, Cheyenne, Anthony, Matthew, Jack, Levi, Megan, Lorelei




Grade 5/6: Molly, Skyler,

Chanze, Lachie, Erynn, Ayden,
Chloe, Katie, Shay, Sarah,
Jesse, Lochie


Chanze, Ayden, Katie, Lachie, Chloe

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Where Every Day Is Open Day

Every Day Is Open Day at Flowerdale Primary School. 2010 has flown by so quickly, and as we look back on
the range of experiences offered to our children over the year, our little school’s motto certainly is appropriate.

During Term 4 our kids have attended some excellent camps: the Grade 5/6 camp in Tasmania, the 2/3/4
camp in the City and the Prep/1 camp in Shepparton and Flowerdale.

Junior Fun Day, ELF Day, Athletics, Summer Sports Day, Healthy Food Day and a visit to Marysville have
ensured that our kids education is holistic. Literacy and numeracy have been our top focus with all children
working very hard to exceed their personal best.

We have had visits from Concordia College in SA, who were with us for a week of fun and work. Brent Harvey
came to Flowerdale and did a footy workshop with everyone having lots of fun.

Our friends from Boite have done music workshops with the children to produce a very catchy school song.
The Singing Group is in such demand that they are performing almost every week. They rocked at Hoof Over
Hills where they delighted an audience of 700 very wet and muddy people, and sang at the launch of the
Enlightened Spirits project and the Hall Gala Opening. At the moment they are gearing up for the annual
Christmas Concert which will be held in the new Multi-Purpose Room at School.

A visit to Darley Stud was a highlight of the term, with children overawed at the gorgeous horses, the beautiful
grounds and the friendly staff who ensured they had a day to remember. They have had great fun at the
Darley workshop where they were able to suggest names for race horses, and participate in a number of
related activities.

The Children’s Hub which incorporates the new Early Learning Centre, office space and a shared multi-purpose
room, is almost at completion. It looks fantastic with bright open spaces and great internal fittings. The
Kinder will be moving in next week.

The end of the year is time to say goodbye to some of our friends. We wish all our Grade 6 kids the very best
for their High School life in 2011. We sadly say goodbye to Christine Bauer who has been our Prep/1 teacher
for three years. Her contribution to our school has been exceptional and she is loved by the kids and parents
alike. Our Staff Quiz scores are set to plummet when Christine leaves, and we will all miss her very much.
Christine plans to go into the Restaurant business with her partner Satinda—mmmm can almost smell the
exotic aromas now.

Our Chaplain Sue, our Welfare Worker Darryl, and our smiling Wednesday Girl Kirran all finish up at the end of
the year. We thank them for everything they have done to improve the experiences of our children and our

And from everyone at Flowerdale Primary School, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and we wish you a New
Year filled with fun, family and great adventures.

From Left: Prep/1

teacher Christine with
partner Satinda, Chap-
lain Sue, Welfare worker
Darryl, and Wednesday
worker & HOH dynamo

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Flowerdale Junior
Youth Group
There wereno excursions this month. We
have had two successful home sessions in
our backyard complete with cricket and BBQ.

Now the Hall renovations are completed we

have resumed at the Hall with games,
skipping and hula hooping.

Our last session for the year will be at

Funfields on December 11th. Bookings are
essential due to bus capacity.

We will be starting fundraising at the next

Flowerdale Community Market with a
monthly sausage sizzle to help raise much
needed funds to continue our Junior & Senior
Youth Groups. So all those hungry
Flowerdalians come and support our Youth
Groups. Also for December Market we will be
offering Christmas wrapping service, $2 each
present so come along and have them all
wrapped for you, take the hassle of getting
them wrapped in time for Santa.

Junior Youth Group will resume during the

school holidays in January (see flyer for

Tanya & Rod Hallett

Come & Support Flowerdale Junior & Senior Youth Group

 We are holding monthly Sausage Sizzles at the Flowerdale Market once a month as a fundraiser to
buy equipment, allow the youth to continue activities and go on excursions.

 For the month of December at the Market we are offering a gift wrapping service, $2 per present.
Also will be held at the Hazeldene Store. Times & Dates will be advised shortly and will posted at
the store with all information

All Welcome

Flowerdale Senior Youth Group

Needs Volunteers with Working with Children’s Check

Have you got a spare few hours on a Friday Night to come & help with Senior Youth Group.
We need as many parents as possible to assist, the more we have means you want have to attend every Friday night.

Until we have more volunteers we are unable to run Senior Youth Group.
If you are interested please phone 57801223 in the evenings or contact Community House on 57802664

Flowerdale Community House INC

Forming Friendships ABN 30 127 305 127

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Flowerdale brigade is in the mood for decorations. After all, it is the season for Christmas trees and tinsel.

But decorations of a more enduring sort have been given to two members of our brigade recently. Judy Baker has
received lifetime membership of the Flowerdale CFA for 29 years of dedicated service to our brigade and our
community. Judy‘s energy, commitment and leadership are awe-inspiring. At the pre-fire season get-together, our
brigade presented Judy with a plaque to show a little of how much we appreciate her.

Norm Berndt has been awarded a medal for 10 years service to the CFA. The CFA organisation recognises how
valuable long-term members of the brigades are.

More decorations are on the way. The next one will be Santa, along with tinsel and lollies. He will arrive on the fire
tanker at Carols by Candlelight at the Hall on Sunday 19 December. Santa will be wearing a splendid new outfit made
by the Elves in Flowerdale to replace his old outfit, which suffered in the fires. Heartfelt thanks from the brigade go to
Joan Carroll for donating her skills in Santa-suit making.

Training. On Sunday 7 November, Flowerdale brigade burned off a windrow on a

private block on Silver Parrot Road. ―We were surprised to see so many firies
turn up to help burn it off‖, said the residents. The brigade made sure there were
Council permits before starting the burn. It was a great opportunity for our
members to practise hosing techniques at a controlled fire. Check out the photo
of the burn.

On Sunday 21 November, Flowerdale participated in a large group training event in Glenburn. ―Just about the best
training we‘ve been to in ages‖, reckon the Flowerdale firies.
Next training and meeting at the Fire Station.
Training—Sunday 5 and 19 December, 9 am.
Meeting—Tuesday 7 December, 7.30 pm.

We are looking forward to a quiet summer. We wish everybody a peaceful holiday season.
Kate Hawkins, Flowerdale CFA

2010 has been a great year at Flowerdale playgroup. We by Mitchell Community Health. Leaving the children in
have taken part in many activities including spring childcare while parents spent some quality adult time with
activities, puppet making, dance, mask making and each other it was a nice and rewarding change.
creating picture frames. The families have enjoyed taking
part in many special activities such as an Autumn Feast In August we welcomed the return of Helen Killen for the
and a Very hungry Caterpillar Day and of course Rhythm and Beat – pre school music program and she
celebrating birthdays of our children. The highlight of our continues entertain the children. Helen runs a fantastic pre
year was the day at the Melbourne Aquarium. We also school music program for our children and we look forward
visited the Seymour children‘s expo in October. to her visits.

In the first half of the year we enjoyed visits from Kate We currently have 12 families enrolled and we are
from Murrindindi Library for storytime as part of the Your averaging about 5 families and 8 children each week. We
Library Out There series, a service that has been visiting are always looking to improve our attendance and continue
playgroup since June 2009. to promote the program through out the community. The
challenge is sometimes not attracting new families but
In April this year we were grateful to welcome Kathryn making sure all those enrolled keep coming back, with
Goldsmith from Murrindindi Toy Library and help her out people having such busy lives.
with promoting of the Toy Library van throughout Playgroup will continue to run in 2011 and is always looking
Flowerdale. Kathryn and her team supply a toy library for new members to join our friendly group of mums and
service to children aged 0 -6 through out the shire. We their young children. Wishing all the parents and children
thank all those involved in organising this service, and their friends and family a happy and safe Christmas
especially Kathryn. The Toy Library trailer will continue to and we look forward to catching up in 2011.
visit Flowerdale monthly in 2011.
It has been a rewarding time organising playgroup for the
In April along with parents from Marysville and Kinglake last two years. As Ruby and I begin another chapter in our
playgroup we received a Merit Certificate at the Playgroup lives we wish the parents of Flowerdale playgroup well. I
Victoria AGM. To acknowledge the commitment we had hope 2011 brings many new people and some special old
made towards community playgroups after the 2009 ones along to playgroup and that the children continue to
bushfires. enjoy playing together.

In June many parents attended the Parenting Course run Louise Reed

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This term has been extremely exciting with children preparing for their end of year concert, which I‘m told ―it is a
surprise, I can‘t tell, but we are getting dressed up mum‖. We have been watching the new building nearing
completion. The children and staff have concluded the year with a trip to the Melbourne Zoo. It has been a great way
for the 4 year olds to celebrate their last term at the Flowerdale Kinder before moving onto school. Once again I‘d like
to thank Chrissie and Raelene for all their wonderful efforts with the children over the 2010 year.

As the year draws to a close the parents and children will farewell Raelene Eason. Raelene has taught at Flowerdale
Kinder for 10 years (2000- 2010) Raelene has put a lot of effort into the running of the Flowerdale Kinder over the
years, she has taught many children throughout the Flowerdale Valley and I‘m sure she will be valued in her new job
at Marie Williams Kindergarten in Kilmore. When one door closes another one opens and the Flowerdale kinder
community is looking forward to welcoming Melanie White as teacher for the 2011 year. Melanie has recently
complete the Bastow Institute‘ Contemporary Child development theory for Early Childhood educators and I‘m sure
she will be an asset to both the kinder and school community.

As president this year I‘ve enjoyed making a positive contribution to the kinder community. I‘d like to thank Kerrie
(Secretary) and Kim (Treasurer) for all there hard work on the committee this year. In what has been a year of many
changes they have worked hard to support the kinder and worked towards creating a good future for the Flowerdale
children. I would also like to wish the new Flowerdale Kinder Committee a great and successful year for 2011 as I will
no longer be President as this is my last year of a child attending the Kinder.

Any one who has not enrolled for the 2011 year please contact Karla Chatfield – Mitchell Shire Council
57 346 254

Have a safe and happy Christmas,

Louise Reed
I'll Show You A Volunteer
Wood Splitter available Full Time in Flowerdale --(Author Unknown)
Show me a person who spends endless
As part of the Tool Library in Flowerdale we now have a hours in training without pay,
permanent Wood Splitter available. And, I'll show you a volunteer.
To book you need to contact Show me a person where a cry for help
Henry 0427 808 435 brings split-second dispatch,
And, I'll show you a volunteer.
Show me a person who is devastated
when lives are lost or maimed,
And, I'll show you a volunteer.
Show me a person who is graciously
welcomed as a next-door neighbor,
And, I'll show you a volunteer.
Show me a person who often takes more
ridicule than complaints,
And, I'll show you a volunteer.
Show me a person whose car is garaged
with the grille facing out,
And, I'll show you a volunteer.
Show me a person who sacrifices home
life, TV ... even tender moments,
And, I'll show you a volunteer.
Show me a person visibly moved at the
strains of our National Anthem,
And, I'll show you a volunteer.
Show me a person who may be asked to
give more than just dedication,
And, I'll show you a volunteer.
Show me a person who is asked to give
more ... and more ... and more,
And, I'll show you a volunteer.

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If you can help once a month to

distribute please contact
0418 589 072


November 2010
(to 22nd November) 16mm
Total for October 2010 145mm

Year to Date
To 22nd November 2010 963mm
To 30th November 2009 565mm


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1st Kinglake Scout Group Coming up the Venturers will finish of the year by un-
winding with up to 1000 other Venturers at the annual
Vic Gathering at Pax Hill Scout Camp. Activities will
Scout News include a battle of the bands, water activities, abseiling
Congratulations to Matthew and even jelly wrestling. Where else but Scouts could
Griffiths on completing his you get a weekend like that?
Explorer Cord, great effort Matt.
Our older Scouts recently planned and carried out a Group News
38km hike at Wilsons Promontory. The weather was The Kinglake Scout Group recently received the Chief
poor, snowing in Kinglake; Commissioners Award for quality Scouting and mem-
and it was a tough hike in bership increase for the past 12 months. Our member-
rugged country but our ship increased by 32% with the introduction of our
Scouts were certainly up to Venturer section for 14-17 year olds, the Cub section
the challenge. As usual doubled their numbers and our Scout section contin-
they carried everything with ued to maintain its good numbers. Our Scout group
them including food, tents currently has over fifty registered members. Some
and hike stoves. They come from as far as Strathewen, Castella and Glen-
enjoyed the wonderful scenery and wildlife, even a Tiger burn to be a part of our group that has been delivering
Snake sunning himself on the track. At the end they quality Scouting and great opportunities and memories
were very pleased with what they had accomplished and to the youth of the Kinglake district for over thirty years
it also meant they had achieved their Explorer Campcraft without a break.
award. Thinking of Joining?
Coming up our last night for the year is a combined night If you are interested in joining as a Cub, Scout or Ven-
at the Whittlesea swimming pool on Tuesday 7th turer, or you are an adult looking for a rewarding outlet
December. as a leader or an assistant please contact:
Venturer News Group Leader Ray Bartlam. Phone: 5786 1529 or by
Our Venturers are currently planning and purchasing email
parts to build their own motorised go-kart, although by If would like to find out more about Scouting visit
the sound of things it may end up more like something
out of Mad Max 2.

Grace Church Flowerdale

Christmas Celebrations

10 reasons to Celebrate Christmas

December 12 @ 10 am
Flowerdale Hall

Tuesday All Day Morning Tea Christmas Breakup

December 14th @ 10.30 am
Flowerdale Hall
Christmas food, Christmas Songs and Presents

For information call Joanne 0434357730

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Remembrance Service
Wednesday 8th December at 7.30pm
Approaching Christmas can be a time of sadness for
some as we remember those who are no longer with us.
All are welcome to join us for a service to reflect on
loved ones and friends.

Kinglake West Uniting Church1050 Main Road,

Kinglake West

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Flowerdale Sports Club Inc.

Are seeking the services of an

independent Contract Cleaner
(must have ABN)
For the Springvalley Recreation Reserve
(approx. 2hrs per F/Night)
Must supply equipment & cleaning products.



Interested person(s) please contact

Wally Moore
For a summary of duties

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Yea Light’ns Up for Christmas

There is nothing like a hand-made Christmas decoration to raise the spirits and bring to mind the peace and good-will that we can all
feel at this time of year. Yea‘s Christmas decorations have been dwindling over recent years and the community agreed that some-
thing needed to be done. The Yea Business Tourism Association agreed to assist in the display, the Yea & District Memorial Hospital
agreed to fund and coordinate the project and the community resoundingly agreed to participate and the Light‘n Up Yea project was

Various community groups, schools and Rosebank Hostel and Nursing Home have been busily making beautiful lantern decorations
over the past month. These will adorn the shops for the month of Christmas. Of an evening they will be lit up with LED tea-lights and
will twinkle through the night. Most of the businesses in Yea have agreed to participate so the display will be truly a community effort.

The Yea & District Memorial Hospital sees this as an opportunity to promote health and wellbeing in the community. Bridget Clarke,
the new Community Health and Wellbeing Development Officer at the hospital, agrees this ticks all the boxes. ―It is a positive project
with a positive message; if we work together we can achieve great things. We can link the community to promote art, promote local
spending, increase physical activity, increase opportunities for reflection and connect diverse groups in a common cause.‖

Ms Clarke was also keen to point out the project was very much a group effort, ―I have been privileged to see this come together,‖
she said. ―Group leaders, participants and local businesses have all been so accommodating. Now we get to enjoy our efforts and
Yea now has a very impressive Christmas display.‖

Light‘n Up Yea begins at 5pm Wednesday night the 1st of December and continues through to December 25th. Be sure to promenade
all the shops, the hospital and the library to see the decorations at their best and see if you can spot the work of someone you know.

Emily Gilbert from Highlands Primary School putting the finishing touches on her Christmas lantern

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Advertisement/Public Notice/Media
Council supports Flowerdale locality

A community wish to have a single locality and postcode for the Flowerdale and Hazeldene locality has been supported by
Murrindindi Shire Council.

Council‘s support will now see Council officers make an approach to Australia Post to amend a single postcode for the area.

Mayor Peter Beales said there was overwhelming support for the single locality.

―It was the residents of Flowerdale and Hazeldene who approached Council to facilitate the process of the change. To support
their wishes Council staff undertook a survey of residents and the feedback has shown more than 85 per cent of respondents
have supported the Flowerdale locality,‖ Cr Beales said.

―Our decision to support the locality can be best summed up in the consultation feedback where residents said a single locality
and postcode would provide greater unity and a more cohesive community as well as eliminate the current confusion with
service providers and emergency service authorities.‖

―Ambulance Victoria, Office of Geographic Names, Emergency Services and Telecommunications Authority have supported
the concept dependent on Australia Post agreeing to a single postcode.

―Importantly we have started the process that was initiated by the community to have a single locality and we will continue to
keep residents informed of Council‘s actions in this matter.

―We will be making strong representations to Australia Post to ensure that they are aware of the community‘s support and
feelings towards meeting the single town and postcode objective.‖

If Australia Post approves a single postcode, the Office of Geographic Names will be informed and a further opportunity will be
presented to residents to comment on the plan as part of the name changing process.

Cr Beales said further options would be explored if Australia Post did not support the concept.

―We have to go through a process that will ensure that we do not leave emergency services confused by any changes that
could impact on such services,‖ Cr Beales said.

―There is certainly a push from the community have the change ratified immediately, but we do need to follow procedures
because of the number of services the change could impact.‖

Funds put push into students riding campaign

When it comes to the Great Victorian Bike Ride the Yea ―The students‘ uniforms will be a great endorsement for Yea
township has extended its participation by not only gearing and our shire. I wish them well.‖
up in striving to take the honour as the ride‘s most welcoming
town, but 22 of its finest students will also take part in the Students, teachers and support staff taking part are: Jason
event thanks to the Community Recovery Fund. Donnelly, Jim Phelan, Leigh Redding, Nicola Carpenter, Alex
Rumble, Lisa Schaeffer, Emily Oliver, Darcey Pell, Lisa
Murrindindi Shire Council Mayor Peter Beales said the fund Schaeffer, Nicola White, Hamish Stares, Kate McMaster,
provided a wonderful opportunity for the students to Chelsea Spagnolo, Xavier O'Dwyer, Jack Sundblom, Callum
participate and enjoy the camaraderie associated with the O,Connor, Kate Stobie, Morgan Cassell Sam Morgan,
ride. Jacquiline Burnett, Zach Pell, , James Walsh, Andrew Martin,
Alan Pell, Tom O‘Dwyer, Sandra Rumble, David Stares,
―The students will make great ambassadors for our shire,‖ Cr Andrew Toohey and Martin Lowe.
Beales said.
The Community Recovery Fund is supported by the Australian
―This is a great opportunity for Council to thank the Yea, Government and the Department of Planning and Community
Eildon and Marysville communities for their commitment Development and administered by Murrindindi Shire Council. It
towards this major event that will have some great long-term supports projects assisting youth activities, restoring community
benefits in promoting our shire as a great place to visit.‖ space, improving communications and recording history
associated with the 2009 bushfires.
More than 5000 riders and 500 support staff will visit Eildon,
Yea and Marysville as part of this year‘s ride, hitting the shire To date more than $100,000 has been allocated across the
on Friday (Dec 3). shire.
―There is a real sense of support for this event, with each of
our towns striving to give competitors a great experience.‖ Photo: Mayor Peter Beales
joins some of the Yea High
The Community Recovery Fund allocation has subsidised School contingent ready to
entry fees, provided transport options to the starting and tackle the Great Victorian
finishing points and helped with the cost of cycling attire. Bike Ride.

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Advertisement/Public Notice/Media

War on weeds needs everyone’s support

Significant spring rain has created the perfect growing conditions for noxious weeds across Murrindindi Shire and
landowners and homeowners are asked to be vigilant when it comes to eradicating these exotic escapees.

Council‘s Climate Change and Natural Environment Portfolio spokesperson Cr Sally Abbott Smith said the on-set of
blooms of purple - Paterson‘s Curse, yellow - Cape Broom and English Broom and the discovery locally of one of
Australia‘s worst weed of national significance – Chilean needle grass – has prompted the call to action.

――For the last two seasons Council has been proactive in combating weeds across the shire. Murrindindi Shire Council
has been working with the Catchment Management Authority and Department of Primary Industry and Upper Goulburn
Landcare Network to get best value for money‖ to support this war on weeds,‖ Sue McNair Environment Project Officer

―Murrindindi Shire Council is involved in a joint project with Benalla and Greater Shepparton Councils to map and treat
Chilean Needle Grass within threatened Grassy Woodlands of the Greater Murray Catchment.‖

―The Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority was successful in securing a grant through the Australian
Governments ‗Caring for our Country‘ program for this collaborative project.‖

Cr Abbott Smith said while Paterson‘s Curse was easily identifiable with its mass of purple flowers, Chilean needle grass
was not and it was important that people took the time to identify this weed and to take appropriate steps to eradicate it.

―Chilean needle grass, a perennial grass native to South America, can be confused with several native grasses and
now, when it‘s flowering, is the best time to identify it. It is extremely important to make the correct identification so that
our native grasses are not inadvertently destroyed,‖ Cr Abbott Smith said.

―Chilean needle grass is related to serrated tussock (Nassella trichotoma) – but it is considered one of our country‘s
worst weeds because of its invasiveness, its potential to spread very rapidly and its economic and environmental
impacts. Chilean needle grass affects both sown and native pastures.

―Chilean needle grass is very similar in appearance – flowers purplish, to the native spear grass (Austrostipa). However,
it can be identified by the raised collar or corona at the join of the seed body and the awn. It also has a distinctive tuft of
hairs at the junction of the leaf blade and the leaf sheath. Our native spear grasses lack these features.

Cr Abbott Smith said Council was willing to support landholders in their efforts to identify noxious weeds.

―I encourage you to call Council‘s Environment Project Officer Sue McNair at Murrindindi Shire Council on 5772 0702.

―Not only will Sue help with identification, she is also undertaking an important mapping project that is specifically
targeting Chilean needle grass. Mapping of infestation areas will allow key agencies such as Council and the
Department of Primary Industries to work towards containment and ultimately eradication of this emerging weed,‖ Cr
Abbott Smith said.

Further identification and management information is available at


Chilean needle grass seed: This picture shows an individual seed (which can be pulled from a spikelet-when
flowering). The distinctive red 'collar' around the seed is characteristic of Chilean Needle Grass and can be used to
distinguish Chilean Needle Grass from other spear grasses some of which look very similar to
Chilean Needle Grass

Flower cluster: This picture shows
the inflorescence (flower cluster)
which consists of individual flower-
ing units called spikelets.

Cr Sally Abbott Smith says the war on weeds needs

everyone‘s support. She is pictured with Patterson‘s
Curse which is growing throughout the shire Chilean needle grass in Murrindindi

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Co-ordinator Environmental Programs

In seeking to strengthen its environmental focus, the Council has created an exciting opportunity for
an enthusiastic, experienced and suitably qualified person to undertake the new role of Co-ordinator
Environmental Programs. The position will be responsible for developing and co-ordinating the
delivery of programs aimed at strengthening Council‘s environmental management practices and
encouraging community awareness and participation in environmental and sustainability initiatives.

A key role of the position is to lead the implementation and continual development of Council‘s
Environment Policy and Strategy and to provide specialist technical advice to other Council

Applications are invited from individuals who can demonstrate relevant tertiary qualifications and/or
substantial experience in environmental science (or related discipline), community and stakeholder
engagement, strategy and policy development and project and administrative management. Knowledge
of local government will be well regarded.

The position is full time, and classified Band 7 under the Victorian Local Authorities Award. The
position is based in Alexandra. A position description is available from Council‘s website or by contacting Tara Carter on 5772 0333. Applications should be
marked ‗Confidential – Co-ordiantor Environmental Programs‘ and addressed to Michael
Chesworth, General Manager Sustainability, PO Box 138 Alexandra VIC 3714. Applications close
5pm on Wednesday 8 December 2010. The position is expected to commence in mid to late
January 2011.

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5780 2664

Murrindindi Shire Council

Economic Development Strategy 2011 – 2015
Attention - Business Owners and Operators
Online Business Survey

If you own or operate a business in Murrindindi you are encouraged to complete the online business survey.

The business survey has been developed as part of the process to create the Murrindindi Economic Development Strat-
egy 2011 - 2015.

The information gathered from individual businesses will remain strictly confidential. Only aggregated data will be used
in the final report.

To access the online survey:

1. Log onto
2. Select Business Development from the left hand menu
3. Click on the Murrindindi Economic Development Strategy Business Survey icon
4. Complete the survey - a 20 to 30 minute block of time should be enough

For more information telephone Kelly Purton, Economic Development Department on 03 5772 0318 or
email .

Help shape economic progress across Murrindindi - log on now
Survey closes 17 December, 2010

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Volunteer Drivers Wanted

We are looking for people who have a manual driver‘s licence

Some Spare time
A sense of humour
A sense of wanting to help others to drive the Community Bus.

If this sounds like you ring Judi Pay 5772 0714 (Tues & Wed) for more

Your Health and Wellbeing

From Community Health

Water Safety Week

27 November – 5 December 2010

With warmer weather just around the corner and more opportunities
for a cool swim in the local dam, river or at the beach it is important to stay safe
around water this summer.

Water Safety Week, a key part of the state-wide ‗Play it Safe by the Water‘ cam-
paign, will be held from Saturday 27 November – Sunday 5 December 2010.

The Royal Life Saving 2010 National Drowning Report was launched on 22 Septem-
ber and it held some alarming statistics. Between July 1st 2009 and June 30th 2010
there were 314 drowning deaths in Australian waterways. This figure is the highest
it‘s been at any time in the last seven years and is a reversal of the long-term down-
ward trend in drowning deaths.

The biggest increase in drowning (on the five year average) has occurred in lakes,
dams and lagoons and more than 50 per cent of drowning deaths have happened
outside major cities in regional areas.
Two high risk groups in the drowning statistics are children under the aged of five and people in the over 55s age group.

As younger children become more mobile they require greater supervision around water, both at home and when the family is out . Drowning
in people over 55 now represents a third of all drowning deaths and people in this group need increased knowledge of the impact of health
and medication on drowning, and the need to renew lifesaving skills.

The main things to remember about water safety:

Know the environment – There are different safety rules for beaches, rivers, lakes and swimming pools. Beware of local water condi-
tions and weather before going swimming.
Behave Safely – Obey all water safety signs, make sure someone is looking out for you and don‘t mix alcohol and swimming.
Learn to swim – Being able to swim is an essential skill for water safety. Everybody, especially school aged children, should be taught
to swim and how to stay afloat.
More information on water safety can be found on the following websites: (including the 2010/11 Victorian Water Safety Guide)
Alexandra Community Health - Alexandra District Hospital - 5772 0800
Yea Community Health - Yea & District Memorial Hospital – phone 5736 0410

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Kinglake Early Learning Centre

(Murrindindi Shire Council)
Positions available for Permanent
and Casual Child Care.
Open Monday to Friday 7am to 6pm.
Catering for children from 0 to 6 years.
Fully Qualified Staff offering
programs to suit the needs of children.

Special fee relief available to eligible families.

Government rebate also available.

Please call Natalie or Tanya on 5786 5664

to arrange your child‘s enrolment.


All non-ferrous metals
*We pay up to $100 a car* more for trucks *(conditions apply)*
Melb Metro daily (MSIC) Wharf acc.
24 hours service, 7 days Trade Towing
Metro/Country, Twin Car, Car Capacity
Caravan Relocation, Tractor, Bobcats
Equipment (up to 5 tons)
Phone Eddy 0407849252 or 0357978220
3877 Melba Hwy, Glenburn, 3717 Fax 57978520

The Flowerdale Hotel

3325 Whittlesea Yea Road Flowerdale Ph: 57801230
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
From Viv & Steve & all at
The Flowerdale Hotel
We will be Open Christmas Day
For Christmas drinks only from 11.30 -1pm
& CLOSED from 1.00pm for Family
Re opening Boxing Day
Open Mic Sunday Decembeer 5th 2pm ish
Acoustix Sunday Decembeer 19th 1.30 pm ish
NewYears Eve Classic Rock Band BLADE

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The Flowerdale Flyer is now available

online thanks Julie & Pete.
Go to We W
Y ou to view
back issues from July 2009
Only $5 a month Name
If you would to be notified of when its updated on Must be prepaid Expertise
the website please contact
(leave at the Store) Phone number to be added to database.
Is all that is
You will also be notified during the month to needed
keep up to date with the latest information in our Flowerdale Flyer
area and surrounds. An email will be sent of Tradies List
what is new on blogspot with community events, And Watch the
articles, general information in regards to jobs flow in
Bushfire Recovery.
PAULA 5780 2027

If you would like to contribute

articles, stories and
advertising of businesses in Cabinet Maker
the Flowerdale Flyer, contact Julie Renzo Ukosich—New kitchens & renovations 5780 2278

Bateman or Carpenter

phone 0418589072 or contact the Reece Warren 0418 341 507
Flowerdale Community House, Gardening or 5780 2664 Josh Sommers—all round gardener 0438 306 616

Alex Jones-Pavescape—Paving, Concreting, Bobcat Hire,
Excavator, Post Holes 0409 338 130
ADVERTISING RATES Painting & Decorating
Adam Thomas—Painter/Decorator, Roof Painting &
1/16 Page $10.00 Pressure Cleaning 0420 991 834
John Kyme—Painter & Decorator 0418 564 851
1/8 Page $20.00 Home: 5780 2569
1/4 Page $30.00
1/2 Page $45.00 Roofing Plumber
Tony Nagel—Repairs & Restoration 0439 182 677
Full Page $90.00
Classified Ads $1 per line Plasterer
Personals Free Peter Kiss—New Buildings, Renovations, Repairs– No Job
Too Big or Too Small 0413 741 396

Email the Flowerdale Community House at Plumber or post to: Tom Simpson—TLS Plumbing—Septics, Water Tanks etc
0433 309 559
PO Box 2008, Hazeldene 3658

Mobile Library Visits:

DEADLINE FOR FLOWERDALE FLYER Hazeldene Bus Stop—1.30 to 4.30pm 1st & 3rd
EDITION FEBRUARY 2011 IS TUESDAY Thursday of month.
25TH JANUARY 2011.
If you have internet access at home you can
PLEASE NOTE: THERE WILL BE NO reserve books at the Yarra Plenty Regional
JANUARY EDITION OF FLOWERDALE Library website ( and collect
FLYER them from the Mobile Library.

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Flowerdale Community
Flowerdale House
Community INC INC
Open Open
Tuesday & Wednesday
Tuesday 10am—3pm
& Wednesday 10am—3pm
Phone: 5780 2664
Phone: 5780 2664

What’s on at your Community House?

The Flowerdale PLEASE NOTE:

Community House would  All classes will recommence at the
like to wish everyone a Flowerdale Hall as renovations are now
Merry Christmas & Happy completed.
New year.  The Flowerdale Community House will
Thankyou to all our be closed from Monday 20th December
volunteers for all the hard work and 2010 and will reopen Friday 4th
dedication over the past year. February 2011

Yoga –Every Monday, Tutor: Libby Mitchell $10 (discounts apply, please ask at time of enrolment) 9.30-
11.30am. Classes will recommence in February 2011 Please register your interest by phoning
Community House.
Lighten Up—Weight Loss Group designed with you in mind all welcome. Incentives, menu ideas, weigh in
from 6pm. Classes will recommence in February 2011 Please register your interest by phoning
Community House.
Kim’s Fitness and Fun—Stay on for Fitness and Fun with Tutor: Kim from 7pm $5.
All Day Morning Tea—Every Tuesday from 10-2.30pm. Come and connect with your community enjoy a
cuppa, cake and a chat, casual and relaxed atmosphere and everybody is welcome. Thanks to Grace Church.
Chi Ball—Tutor: Gemma Wakefiled, $10 (discounts apply, please ask at time of enrolment) 10-11.30am.
Classes will recommence in February 2011 Please register your interest by phoning Community
Massage/Chiropractic/Osteopathy/Acupunture—Each Tuesday, 1-4pm. Thanks to Hands on Health
Australia professionals, RMIT students and clinician Helen. Acupuncture on first Tuesday of the month with
Marta. Bookings must be made with Chris, Community House.
Patchwork—Tuesday Evenings, Cost $4 7-9pm and the first Saturday of each month from 9.30am-3.30pm
Cost $5.
Playgroup—Wednesdays from 10-12.30, $2 per family. From newborn to preschool. Please bring a piece
of fruit to share.
Art Group—A self led group from 1-3pm, bring your supplies and project to this social group.
Belly Dancing—Each fortnight, Tutor: Kristen, Cost $10. Come and have a good laugh with us and NO you
don’t need to show your belly! Classes will recommence in February 2011 Please register your
interest by phoning Community House.

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Flowerdale Community House INC

Open Tuesday & Wednesday 10am—3pm
Phone: 5780 2664

What’s on at your Community House?

Hairdressing—Fridays , 1-5pm, with Lisa McKinna. For appointments please book through Community
House (see separate flyer for price list).
Clinical Hypnotherapy/Counselling/Naturopathy—Alan, Senior Practitioner provides a truly holistic
and caring approach to personal issues and health. Appointments can be made through Community House.
Kids Music Group—Fridays, 4pm. With enormous thanks to Sony Music and The Salvation Army.
Community Dinners—Next dinner will be advised shortly and advertised at Store, Pub, Hall/Hub and
Recreation Reserve. Adults $5, Children $3 and under 5 are free. Club bar opens at 5.45pm. Meals are from
6-8pm. We meet at the Recreation Reserve to enjoy a meal together, all welcome. Thankyou to the
ongoing support from Julie Whittaker Smith, our amazing volunteer who travels from Chadstone for each
dinner. Please Note: Commencing February next year when Community Dinners resume they
will be held once a month.
Japanese Cookery—Will resume again next year, we wish Hiroko all the best with her recovery.
Grace Church—Want some peace in your life? Come to a Church service with a difference..... Each
fortnight next service is Sunday 12th December from 10am.


SERVICES Life Drawing—If you would be interested in joining this
class, please call the Community House to register your
interest. Classes will be at 7pm in the evening (our tutor
Community Bus—To hire the community bus
Lou will advise of date shortly). Cost $10.
contact 0418589072 for prices & details.
Flowerdale Seniors Group—Come in and help develop
Op Shop—Call in and have a browse you may the exciting Calendar of events for the year of activities
pick up a bargain. Volunteers are always (anyone over 55 welcome to join). Come in on Tuesday
needed so if you have a spare few hours please mornings to help with planning with Trish, Max, Judy and
call the Community House. Jan.

Flowerdale Food Share—Thanks to the Physical Activity Group—For over 55’s an exciting
ongoing partnership with Berry Street and the range of classes are planned with Rickie Nuske including
Thi Chi, Yoga, Pilates, walking strength training, aerobics
Victorian Food Bank. Phone Alison Dyson or
etc... Please come and get involved, begins shortly and
come and speak with Odette. all sessions free of charge.

Firewood—If you are in desperate need of Ladies Chainsaw Classes—Due to popular demand
firewood, please call the Community House. another series of workshops will commence next year.
Enormous thanks to Peter Auty. Please call Community
Annie on UGFM—Each Saturday Morning at to register your interest.
9.30am on 88.9/98.9UGFM. Annie gives the
Flowerdale Report, ―Good Morning Murrindindi‖ Mens Cooking Classes—All Ages. Please call
and has a wide listening audience. Community House to register your interest.

Hip Hop Dancing—Tutor Chevy. Please call Community

House to register your interest.

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Ambulance 000 Captain: Glenn Woods
Bee Swarm Removal 0400 337 556 Station: 5780 2179
Berry Street 5772 3383
Beyond Blue 1300 224 636
Meets: 7.30pm 1st Tuesday of Month
Bushfire Building Advice Line 1300 360 320
Bushfire Case Management Service 1800 050 400 Emergency: 000
CFA Emergency 000
Consumer Affairs Victoira 1300 558 181
DHS Child Protection 1800 650 227 Training: 2nd & 4th Sunday of the month
(After Hours) 13 12 78 at 9am
DHS Hub (Leanne Pleash) 5780 2704
Dial Before you Dig 1100
Doctor—Yea 5736 0444
Direct Line—Drug & Alcohol Counselling 1800 888 236
Flowerdale Community House (Hall) 5780 2664
Flowerdale Hotel 5780 1230
Flowerdale Kindergarten 5780 2020 WOULD YOU LIKE TO HIRE THE
Flowerdale Primary School 5780 1264
Hazeldene Store 5780 1202 FLOWERDALE COMMUNITY
Grace Church—Flowerdale 0434357730 BUS??????
Griefline (12noon-Midnight) 9596 7799
Help for Wildlife 0417 380 687
Hospital—Yea 5736 0400 For details & costs phone
Housing for people with drug/alcohol issues 5784 5555
Insurance Ombudsman 1300 728 228 0418 589 072
Kids Help Line 1800 551 800
Kinglake Ranges Neighbourhood House 5786 1301
Lands Titles 8636 2026
Lifeline 13 11 14
JP (Lyn Gunter) 5780 2382
(G Atkins) 5786 2038
(K Stewart) 5786 1557
Maternal & Child Health Emergency (AH) 1800 134 883
Mensline 1300 789 978
Mental Health Advice Line 1300 280 737
Mitchell Community Health Services 1300 773 352
Murrindindi Shire Council—
Alexandra 5772 0333
Yea 5797 2209
Kinglake 5786 1522
Home Based Child Care 5772 0362
Aged Care Services 5772 0360 Flowerdale
Local Law Emergencies * 0419 572 425 Community Service Hub
Engineering Emergencies * 0407 509 413
Local Law Enforcement 5772 0333 Opening Hours
*These numbers must only be used in the case of an
emergency. If matter is not urgent please contact MSC during
office hours. The Flowerdale Community Service Hub is
Nurse-On-Call 1300 606 024 now open on the following days:
Office of Housing (Seymour DHS) 1800 680 694
Open Family Youth Outreach Worker 0417 160 598
Police—Kinglake 5786 1333
Monday: 10am—4pm
—Yea 5797 2630 Tuesday: 10am—4pm
—Emergency 000 Wednesday 10am—4pm
Poisons Information 13 11 26
Thursday: CLOSED
Red Cross REDiPlan 8327 7700
Regional Information & Advocacy Council 1800 221 944 Friday: 10am—4pm
Relationships Australia 1300 364 277 Saturday: CLOSED
Rural Financial Counselling Service 5735 4342 Sunday: CLOSED
Rural Housing Network 5735 2000
SES 13 25 00
TRU Energy Power Failure 13 17 99 Please Note: The Services Hub has now
Vet—Yea 5797 2333 moved from the portable building into their
—Whittlesea 9716 2495 new offices at the Flowerdale Community
Victorian Aids & Equipment Program 5832 2200
Vision Australia 5831 3555 Hall
Yea Community House 5797 3070
Wildlife Victoria 1300 094 535

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